Navigation Links
Will Climate Change Mean Worse Flu Seasons?
Date:2/1/2013

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Mild winters where few people catch the flu tend to be followed by serious flu outbreaks the next year, a new study finds, suggesting that global warming could mean harsher flu seasons ahead.

That, at least, is the theory. The study, which appeared Jan. 28 in the journal PLoS Currents: Influenza, shows a correlation between warm U.S. winters and more flu misery the following winter.

"But correlation doesn't mean causation," said lead researcher Sherry Towers, a research professor at Arizona State University, in Tempe.

"The dynamics that cause a severe flu season are so multifactorial," Towers said. One example is whether the flu shot for a particular season is a good match for the flu strains that are actually circulating. (To formulate the flu vaccine every year, scientists have to predict which strains will predominate in the upcoming season.)

Still, Towers said her findings offer "compelling evidence" of a link between mild winters and extra flu misery the next time around.

For the study, she and her colleagues looked at U.S. government data for each flu season since 1997. They found an interesting pattern, Towers said: When a winter had above-average temperatures, the flu season the following fall and winter was more severe than normal 72 percent of the time.

Normally, flu season in the United States peaks in late January or early February. But Towers's team found that the flu season following a mild winter was 80 percent more likely than normal to peak before Jan. 1.

This year's rough flu season is a case in point, Towers said.

The nation saw an early start to this flu season, with cases taking off in November. Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that flu activity across the country was still higher than average, although it was leveling off in some areas.

Sin
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors Health: Study
2. Greater L.A. Heating Up, Climate Experts Predict
3. Climate Change May Cut Cows Milk Production in South
4. Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change
5. Climate concerns
6. Some like it hot: Tropical species not as vulnerable to climate change extinction
7. Most Accurate Climate Models Point to More Global Warming
8. Climate Change May Bring Another Mosquito-Borne Illness to U.S.
9. Study shows climate change could affect onset and severity of flu seasons
10. Teen Drinking May Boost Odds of Precancerous Breast Changes
11. Changes in gene expression may help explain high blood pressure in pregnancy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Will Climate Change Mean Worse Flu Seasons?
(Date:8/21/2014)... Recently, Skmen.com, a distinguished garment supplier, has updated its ... casual dresses . From today until August 31, all clients ... when they are shopping at the company’s online store. ... to the newest quality standards; they are guaranteed to be ... worldwide ladies can also access the other cheap items in ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... August 21, 2014 AVEC Health ... announce the addition of Kerry Gillespie as Chief ... healthcare management experience, Gillespie brings an extremely robust ... executive management positions with prominent industry leading organizations ... as President of Triad Isotopes, Inc. a private ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... Top10BestSEOHosting.com has recently compared many professional web ... ) is one of the best cheap web ... of Top10BestSEOHosting.com states, “It is hard to find ... have outperformed their competitors on hosting features, uptime, ... the best web hosting at affordable prices.” ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... Georgia (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 Living ... and the atmosphere that comes along with it. A ... makes sure that such amenities are available. ... community in Fayetteville, Georgia and Community Association Management, LLC ... from American Parks Company to provide an additional amenity ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... the coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients may ... to a new study in the Journal of ... Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public ... used measures of subclinical atherosclerosis in predicting the risk ... Approximately 50 percent of all patients with chronic kidney ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Charming Girls’ Casual Dresses Now Released by Distinguished Garment Company Skmen.com 2Health News:Kerry Gillespie Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of AVEC Health Solutions 2Health News:iPage Reviews Unveiled Online At Top10BestSEOHosting.com 2Health News:Recreation is the Heart of the Community at Simpson Mill Plantation; Chooses American Parks Company™ for New Playground Equipment 2Health News:Recreation is the Heart of the Community at Simpson Mill Plantation; Chooses American Parks Company™ for New Playground Equipment 3Health News:Measuring calcium buildup to predict heart disease in those with chronic kidney disease 2
... ... cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of natural death in the ... results in death within six minutes in the absence of appropriate medical attention. ... survive. Contrary to common perception, SCD is not the same as a ...
... new report issued by Milliman reveals the unrealized potential of height ... demonstrates that the commonly used metric for height and weight, the ... future healthcare costs. , , "BMI ... height and weight, and it is often used to categorize relative ...
... , , , , ... (Nasdaq: LNET ), the leading provider of media and ... the CL King Best Ideas Conference at the Omni Hotel ... Scott C. Petersen will discuss the Company,s overall strategy and its ...
... TORONTO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Scientists from the Samuel ... have discovered a molecular link between intelligence and curiosity, ... improve learning. , In a paper, published in Neuron, ... Bechara Saab, Ph.D candidate at the Lunenfeld, studied the ...
... Breast cancer is one of the most,common cancers among ... IV breast cancer at the time of diagnosis**. Lack ... breast cancer is so,prevalent among this group. This October, ... importance of early detection and,diagnosis among the Hispanic community through ...
... , , CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., ... and technology consulting firm, is the recipient of The ALS ... support and involvement in the fight against Lou Gehrig,s Disease. ... corporate partner for supporting and advancing the mission and vision ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Filmmaker John Hughes' Recent Untimely Death is a Call for Better Understanding ,of Sudden Cardiac Death, the Leading Cause of Natural Death in the U.S. 2Health News:Filmmaker John Hughes' Recent Untimely Death is a Call for Better Understanding ,of Sudden Cardiac Death, the Leading Cause of Natural Death in the U.S. 3Health News:Filmmaker John Hughes' Recent Untimely Death is a Call for Better Understanding ,of Sudden Cardiac Death, the Leading Cause of Natural Death in the U.S. 4Health News:Filmmaker John Hughes' Recent Untimely Death is a Call for Better Understanding ,of Sudden Cardiac Death, the Leading Cause of Natural Death in the U.S. 5Health News:Filmmaker John Hughes' Recent Untimely Death is a Call for Better Understanding ,of Sudden Cardiac Death, the Leading Cause of Natural Death in the U.S. 6Health News:Milliman Report Addresses the Potential Impact of Height and Weight on Medical Costs 2Health News:LodgeNet Interactive to Present at the CL King Best Ideas Conference 2Health News:LodgeNet Interactive to Present at the CL King Best Ideas Conference 3Health News:LodgeNet Interactive to Present at the CL King Best Ideas Conference 4Health News:LodgeNet Interactive to Present at the CL King Best Ideas Conference 5Health News:Canadian researchers discover the first-ever link between intelligence and curiosity 2Health News:Adamari Lopez & Yoplait(R) Committed to Continue Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Among the Hispanic Community 2Health News:Adamari Lopez & Yoplait(R) Committed to Continue Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Among the Hispanic Community 3Health News:The ALS Association Honors Booz Allen Hamilton With the Inaugural Partnership for Success Award 2Health News:The ALS Association Honors Booz Allen Hamilton With the Inaugural Partnership for Success Award 3Health News:The ALS Association Honors Booz Allen Hamilton With the Inaugural Partnership for Success Award 4
(Date:8/21/2014)...  The board of directors of VirtualScopics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... trial imaging solutions, today announced that James Groff ... immediately.  Mr. Groff has held the role of acting ... in January 2006 as an accounting manager and was ... the board of VirtualScopics asked Jim to assume the ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... 21, 2014  SI-BONE, Inc. ( San Jose, ... the use of the iFuse Implant System, ® ... of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced that Priority Health ... its Lumbar Fusion Medical Policy No. 91590-R4 providing positive ... policy states that the fusion procedure, which employs the ...
(Date:8/20/2014)...  The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators ... the real-time, pseudoephedrine (PSE) blocking system in Kentucky. The ... (NPLEx), automatically blocks unlawful PSE sales and helps ... make arrests. Data released by NPLEx shows electronic ... the sale of more than 23,478 boxes of medicine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:VirtualScopics, Inc. Names James Groff Chief Financial Officer 2VirtualScopics, Inc. Names James Groff Chief Financial Officer 3VirtualScopics, Inc. Names James Groff Chief Financial Officer 4SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Positive Coverage Decision by Priority Health 2SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Positive Coverage Decision by Priority Health 3Kentucky's Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth 2
... This kit, comprised of Salicylic Acid ... 35%, is to be used by ... It is designed for intense skin ... enhance the speed of skin correction. ...
Catalyst for skin rejuvenation. Rapidly exfoliates superficial skin problems....
... homegeneous polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, evenly suspended in ... All microspheres are in a range of ... and have polymerized, smooth surfaces. 99.9% of ... the processing of the PMMA. Artecoll contains ...
... Dysport is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment ... the forehead, thereby reducing and smoothing away ... over a decade of clinical experience. Dysport ... the early 1990s to successfully treat a ...
Medicine Products: